Is your office on the cutting edge?

If a look around your office provides a very similar image today than it did when you first started with your company, chances have it that the office design is missing the mark.

Today’s cutting-edge offices know that contemporary interior design is an important part of staying competitive in today’s business world. By taking a quick inventory of today’s business climate, it’s easy to see why modern and contemporary design is so important. That’s because today’s workers value technology, innovation, and change. If your office doesn’t represent these values, it’s time to take inventory.

 

Modern Office Decor

Modern Office Decor

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Efficient lighting design for office cubicles

Does it feel a little dark in your office cubicle?  Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes for relief half way through each day?  If so, you’re not alone.  Poor lighting is a common factor in far too man office cubicles.

Cubicles are often positioned in the middle or in a corner of a large office space.  While this might work to concentrate all the cubicles in one area, it often leaves employees relying on overhead fluorescent lights to conduct work.  This is not only hard on the eyes, but it’s hard on the senses.  Natural light is a far better choice.

Try to position your cubicle system so that natural light is abundant.  It’s fine if employees utilize a desk or floor lamp, but you want to be certain that you aren’t positioning the cubicles in an office area that is dark and gloomy.  That positioning will do nothing for morale, which does nothing for productivity.  Come on.  Shed some light on the subject! 

 

Light Cubicles

Light Cubicles

Office Space Planning for a Consistent Look

Updating your office requires more than a trip to the local office decorating and supply store.  Simply adding a few new features here and there might help your pocketbook, but it does little for the overall office decor that you’re attempting to improve.  

If your office is in need of a redesign, start by conducting some constructive office space planning that will make the job worth it.  First think about those things that absolutely must be changed, whether it be furniture or decorations.  Next, plan for the integration of your new items.  Then, take a step back.  Will those existing items that don’t need to be changed still function effectively with your new items?  Will they blend together for an overall appealing look, or will your office end up looking like a poorly matched collage with little consistency?

In other words, don’t skimp by completing half of the job.  Make sure that your office look is consistent throughout.  So, if you’ve updated your carpet in the reception area, make sure your paint color, accessories, and wall art match.  Or, if you’ve upgraded to a large oak office desk, be sure that your guest and office chairs match the new piece.

After all, the only design flaw worse than an outdated office is a mismatched office.  Plan your office space wisely for a beautiful design and a functional layout!

 

Office Space that Flows

Office Space that Flows

Modular Office Systems Offer Flexibility…and then Some

Many of today’s businesses are finding benefits in modular office systems for a number of reasons.  First, they are a quick way to redesign the office for new space or organizational requirements.  For example, as new employees begin to fill the office, companies might install movable walls that separate existing office spaces to make room for these new faces.  

This second benefit of modular furniture is its contribution to a more private and confidential environment.  Companies that handle a great deal of confidential information (banks, for example), need modular features such as office wall panels and acoustic tiles to decrease the amount of noise that’s floating around in the air.  Many businesses have also found sound masking can be a big plus to increasing the confidentiality in the work environment.

Finally, modular office spaces make it easy to leave room for design changes.  Many companies want a new look without the permanence that comes with redesign.  Of course, in the end, modular furniture can save a company big bucks since complete redesigns will not be needed.  Instead, offices can move things around a bit and more easily create entire new office environments.

 

Modular Office System

Modular Office System

Office Design Must Embrace Change

We hear a lot about change these days.  And I think that’s a good thing.  However, whenever I get into a contractual agreement with anyone, I often feel as if change is never part of the process.  Am I alone?

When it comes to office design, change is inevitable.  Not only will our minds change, but so will our needs.  I recently heard an account of an office manager who changed her mind about the office chairs she had chosen for her board room.  Rather than choosing one model, a newer one entered the market that were more appropriate for her decor.  Guess what?  Her design team said it was too late.  Even though they had not placed the order for her chairs just yet, they informed her that her contract required that she stick with her original chairs.  How frustrating!

My advice to you is to talk about these scenarios early with your office designer.  If they can’t make room for change, maybe you would be better off not making room for them in the first place.

 

Interior Design Knows Change

Interior Design Knows Change

Small Office Design Challenges

All too often, the big guys tend to think that the little guys have it so much easier in today’s business world. A small office has less staff and general “stuff” to deal with, right? Well…maybe. But, when it comes to office design, I’d argue that the small guys have a tough job ahead of them. They have to fit office supplies, furniture, and design elements into relatively small spaces. And, as more stuff is collected, the small office can quickly begin to feel like an overstuffed box. And so the challenge begins.

While I’ve often held myself to rules such as getting rid of one old thing each time I get something new, I quickly learned that strict rules can’t apply to office design. We need what we need in order to function. However, we can certainly make some improvements that will keep our design in tip-top shape.

My first suggestion is to find furniture that doubles as storage space. Desks work best when they include shelves or other features that also store papers and materials (this also helps keep the clutter to a minimum). Additionally, file cabinets are key, but only if they are used effectively. Rather than lining office walls with rows of filing cabinets, invest in those that reach the ceiling. Even if you have to use a step ladder to reach a file, you’ll feel better than you would if those filing cabinets began closing in on you.

So, little guys…use your space effectively and efficiently, and you’ll soon show those big guys who’s boss.

 

Get creative with small office design

Get creative with small office design

Green Interior Office Design is Easier than you Think

If you think that transforming your office into an environmentally-friendly workspace will take too much time and effort, think again.  Today’s world of interior office design isn’t just focusing on the drive to “go green” just to fit in with the latest tends.  Instead, office design takes a green approach to improve our quality of life at work.  No, this isn’t some fluffy rhetoric designed to support my campaign to save the world.  This is a concept that works.  When we feel better about our work space, we are not only happier at work, but we also are more efficient at work.  And, we take pride in our work, something that is integral to a successful company culture.

In fact, today’s youngest employees view working in a green workplace as a top priority in their job search.  And for good reason.  These youngsters want to be happy at work, and they want to represent a company that fills them with pride.  And, for the company, this is a win-win situation.  When employees are happy and proud, there’s less chance of turnover and more chance of quality work being produced.

See, I told you it wasn’t that hard.

 

Sustainable Office Design

Sustainable Office Design